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L6

Discussion in 'General Knife Discussion' started by TheGoldenWalrus, Oct 4, 2012.

  1. TheGoldenWalrus

    TheGoldenWalrus

    433
    Jul 16, 2011
    just curious what companies use L6 steel. (already know about Svord btw ;))
     
  2. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Hanwei has a couple of L6 bainite katanas. :p
     
  3. matt1987

    matt1987

    Nov 2, 2009
    I think gransfors bruks uses L6 for their axes.
     
  4. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    I think most companies avoid L6 because it's so rust prone. Too many laypersons will view a company negatively for something like that.
     
  5. Gator97

    Gator97 Gold Member Gold Member

    Apr 10, 2000
    You might wanna check L6 equivalents as well. It has plenty of other names and often makers use alloys with proprietary name or in foreign countries using local standards.
    Here - L6 steel and equivalents.
     
  6. Dorito Monk

    Dorito Monk

    Nov 17, 2008
    I had heard that Svord uses L6, or an equivalent steel, for a lot of their knives. I do not know for sure, though.
     
  7. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    They do. And the OP mentioned that he was already aware of them. :D
     
  8. Dorito Monk

    Dorito Monk

    Nov 17, 2008
    Hurrdurr, didn't even notice. :eek:

    I'll just sit in the corner now and try not to say anything else daft. :eek:
     
  9. jdm61

    jdm61 itinerant metal pounder Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Aug 12, 2005
    The original Gerber Mark II and Mark i were made from L6 up until around 80-81.
     
  10. Halfneck

    Halfneck Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 30, 2005
    Eight Dollar Mountain Foundry used L6 in their knives. I've got a 10" Smatchet from EDMF that's a beast. I love L6, especially for tree-beaters, but it will rust fast in the right environment.
     
  11. clockman

    clockman Gold Member Gold Member

    Jan 14, 2009
    A Little of topic. David Farmer a knifemaker on the Fixed Blades fs quite often uses L6 on his knives. Very resonable prices on his fb IMO.
     
  12. Ankerson

    Ankerson Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002

    L6 makes for some really good Sword Blades...
     
  13. festerfromnzed

    festerfromnzed

    Aug 18, 2008
    It sure do,s...when i made this blade i tried my hardest to bend or snap this sword...im not into wallhangers...it just bounced back to dead straight, but as stated it will rust in a heartbeat...FES

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  14. Ankerson

    Ankerson Gold Member Gold Member

    Nov 2, 2002

    Nice. :D

    I saw a photo of a guy that bent an L6 Katana blade into a circle and it went back straight.
     
  15. AKC

    AKC Gold Member Gold Member

    Oct 10, 2010
    Ayup....

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  16. festerfromnzed

    festerfromnzed

    Aug 18, 2008
    Thank you for your comment....My sword is 1/4 inch thick....with my full bodyweight (80 kilos) im lucky if i can get 1/2 inch flex out of it....it is very tough stuff IMO...... FES
     
  17. festerfromnzed

    festerfromnzed

    Aug 18, 2008
    My Dave Farmer knife is also L6...full convex=wicked slicer. FES

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  18. FortyTwoBlades

    FortyTwoBlades Baryonyx walkeri Dealer / Materials Provider

    Mar 8, 2008
    Oh hells yes it does! I just get the feeling that wasn't what the OP was looking for. :D:thumbup:
     
  19. TheGoldenWalrus

    TheGoldenWalrus

    433
    Jul 16, 2011
    yea, just looking for some more knives.

    also my Peasant isnt haveing any rust trouble after i forced the patina. i havent oiled it or anything and its rust free :p. so im not too worried about rust.

    also how much can one expect to pay for a knife by David Farmer?
     
    Last edited: Oct 5, 2012
  20. festerfromnzed

    festerfromnzed

    Aug 18, 2008
    I got my Farmer knife in a trade,but i have seen his knives for sale in the fixed blades exchange..Exceptional value for money........FES
     

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